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EQUATOR DIVING TRIP REPORT

 

Ambon Group Trip - at Maluku Divers Resort

April 2014

 

Blue Ribbon Eel (Ben Jackson) Candy Crab (Ben Jackson) Crinoid Squat Lobster (Ben Jackson)

 

Ambon Group Trip - at Maluku Divers Resort

Equator Diving recently held their second annual 'Perfect for Photographers' group trip, and this time our hosts were Maluku Divers Resort in Ambon! Maluku Divers Resort is specifically designed for photographers with a large camera room and four large camera rinse tanks. The resort itself is set amongst mature trees in a beautiful 9,800 metre private beachfront plot with each individual bungalow offering a sea view. In addition to the camera room the resort has an 'Al fresco' restaurant area producing excellent food, including three course meals for lunch and dinner, a bar area and of course a great dive centre. During our 10 night group trip we dived all of Ambon bay's famous critter sites, as well as the ‘Duke of Sparta’ Shipwreck and the stunning dive sites of Pintu Kota and Hukarila Cave, which lie outside of Ambon bay.

 

Pintu Kota is great for wide-angle photography (Ben Jackson)

 

Chlamydatus Moray (Ben Jackson)

Wunderpus - my personal favourite! (Ben Jackson)

 

Feeding Cuttlefish (Ben Jackson)

 

Vertical entrance to Hukurila Cave (Ben Jackson)

Diver exploring Hukurila Cave (Ben Jackson)

 

Bumble Bee Shrimp (Ben Jackson)

Snowflake Moray (Ben Jackson)

Dwarf Hawkfish (Ben Jackson)

 

The Critter List...

This is a snap-shot of our critter list and I'm sure our guests could add many more critters to this list...Cuttlefish both mating and feeding (not at the same time), Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Coconut Octopus, Wunderpus (my personal favourite!), Snowflake Moray, Zebra Moray, Chlamydatus Moray, White-Eyed Moray, Giant Moray, Painted Frogfish, Giant Frogfish, Warty Frogfish, Hairy Squat Lobster, Oliver's Squat Lobster, Crinoid Squat Lobster, Harlequin Shrimp, Mantis Shrimps, Emperor Shrimp, Skeleton Shrimp, Hairy Shrimp, Pygmy Seahorse, Thorny Seahorse, Ornate Ghost Pipefish, Robust Ghost Pipefish, Halimeda Ghost Pipefish, Ringed Pipefish, Blue Ribbon Eels, Bumble Bee Shrimps, Leaf Scorpionfish, Paddle-Flap Rhinopias, Candy Crab, Porcelain Crab, Flat Rock Crab, Coral Crabs, Anemone Shrimps, Banded Boxer Shrimps, Popcorn Shrimps, Orangutan Crabs, Cockatoo Waspfish, Snake Eels, hundred's of feeding Spanish Mackerel mouths agape (ok so not a critter) and a huge variety of Nudibranchs! 

 

Hairy Squat Lobster (Ben Jackson)

Mating Cuttlefish (Ben Jackson)

 

Leaf Scorpionfish (Ben Jackson)

 

Painted Frogfish (Ben Jackson)

Zebra Moray (Ben Jackson)

Flamboyant Cuttlefish (Ben Jackson)

 

Mantis Shrimp (Ben Jackson)

Moray Eel - species unknown (Ben Jackson)

  

Emperor Shrimp (Ben Jackson)

 

Leaf Scorpionfish (Ben Jackson)

Porcelain Crab (Ben Jackson)

Flounder (Ben Jackson)

 

The Photo Competition...

Towards the end of the trip we held a photo competition with guests entering up to 6 photos each and both guests and resort staff voting for the top 3 photos. No editing of photos was allowed, so photos were straight out of the camera. The entries were exceptional and first prize went to Marli Wakeling for her Emperor Shrimp photo whilst second and third prizes went to John Hill for his photos of a Flat Rock Crab and a Soft Coral Porcelain Crab, respectively. After an initial vote Marli and John's photos were in a tie that even a second vote couldn't resolve so eventually the restaurant manager - Hafes - stepped in to choose Marli as the winner! For the winners there were prizes courtesy of Maluku Divers Resort!

 

Emperor Shrimp - 1st Prize Winner (Marli Wakeling)

Hairy Shrimp (Marli Wakeling)

 

Flat Rock Crab - 2nd Prize Winner (John Hill)

 

Soft Coral Porcelain Crab - 3rd Prize Winner (John Hill)

Skeleton Shrimp (Barbara Caldwell)

 

Crowned Coral Crab (Barbara Caldwell)

 

Three-lobed T-bar Nudibranch (Lynn Turnbull)

Crinoid Squat Lobster - species unknown (Lynn Turnbull)

 

Join one of our Upcoming Group Trips...

Our next resort-based group trips will be in South Africa & Mozambique in Nov 2014 and Nov 2015!

 

South Africa & Mozambique Trips

9-21 November 2014 - FULL

16-28 November 2014 - 3 spaces left

1-13 November 2015 - space available

8-20 November 2015 - space available 

2014 Trip Details    2015 Trip Details

 

 

 

 

Route map for our South Africa & Mozambique group trips (Equator Diving/Google Maps)

 

 

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